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Sampling Pool

Paul J. Lavrakas

Sampling pool is a survey operations term, one that statisticians sometimes refer to as the designated sample size , which was proposed by Paul J. Lavrakas in the 1980s to refer to the set of elements selected from a sampling frame that may or may not all be used in completing data collection for a given survey project. The value of using this term is to be able to have a unique term to differentiate the sampling pool that a researcher starts with from the final sample (i.e. the final sample size ) the researcher finishes with . Traditionally, survey researchers have used the word sample to refer to both the final number of completed interviewers a survey is striving to attain and the number of elements used to gain those completed interviews. Because noncontacts, nonresponse, and other reasons (e.g. ineligibility) cause many elements For ...

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